In India mass killing children

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

The hospital team tried their best to save children, but 30 deaths were reported in 48 hours.

The shocking deaths in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital of 63 children turned into a blame game as officials passed the buck on who was actually responsible for the deaths.

Most victims were at the neonatal unit or being treated for encephalitis. Parents claimed the oxygen supply to the children's ward ran out on Thursday night and that relatives were given self-inflating bags to help the children breathe. What's more? It was a tragedy waiting to happen because Pushpa Sales, the company providing liquid oxygen to the hospital, had threatened to stop the supply due to non-payment of outstanding dues worth nearly 70 lakh.

UP Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh, however, said the oxygen supply went down on August 10, but the situation was brought under control within a few hours.

The party also demanded the resignation of the UP Health Minister over the incident.

Spending on public health in India, relative to the country's GDP, is among the lowest in the world. Speaking to media persons, he said his contract with the hospital had ended in March and was not renewed.

"For the last two to three days, the news that has been pouring in, PM Modi has been concerned, said Adityanath".

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"We are suspending BRD medical college principal with immediate effect for this negligent behaviour", State Minister for Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon said on Saturday, while addressing the media over the tragedy.

The Uttar Pradesh government's medical education department, in a letter to the medical colleges, also directed them to immediately pay all the outstanding dues to the oxygen suppliers (if any).

Rautela further said that an inquiry committee has been set up to ascertain the exact causes of the deaths and it has been asked to submit its report by tomorrow evening.

The Congress leader further informed that as payments were not given on time to the suppliers, they could not provide liquid oxygen. However, denying the allegations, the ruling party has requested the opposition for not "politicising" the deaths. Thirty of the deaths were recorded between Thursday and Friday alone, the hospital said.

"The BJP, under the leadership of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is working towards the betterment of the people of the state". And "only" seven children have died today.

After digging deeper, it turns out that a total number of 60 deaths have occurred in the past 5 days. The principal of the college has been suspended. "This incident took place due to the laxity on the part of the state government".

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